This capsule has been a long time coming! I’m conscious how easily I could veer off course and turn this post into a weather update! But the weather has been so mixed lately that I’ve hesitated to put away the warmer clothes too soon. And mostly, that’s worked out. Except, of course, for the few sweltering days we’ve had, just to mix things up!
So, I took my summer clothes out of storage, decided what I was keeping from my spring capsule and if there were any gaps. The thing about summer clothes is that I don’t get a chance to wear them out, here in the UK! It’s the same, familiar items re-emerging year after year. Which is fine with me. What’s rare is wonderful and I wear these clothes so sparingly, compared to other more classic pieces in my wardrobe, that I’m always pleased to see them.
My two key reference points for my capsule are, as always, Courtney Carver over at Project 333 and Marie Kondo and her helpful mantra of ‘does this spark joy?’. The thing about that basic question is, it really is as simple as it sounds. Here’s a few little lightbulb moments I had when asking that question recently:
- Just because it fits doesn’t mean it sparks joy! As someone whose weight has fluctuated over the years, I can get unreasonably excited, just because something fits. Note to self: This is not the same as loving something that flatters me and that suits my lifestyle.
- Just looking at a clothing item is not the same as trying it on! When considering what pieces to bring forward from last season, I pulled out a top that is a lovely colour, a natural fabric and that fits me well. Why haven’t I reached for that more often, I wondered. So, I wore it the next day and remembered after half an hour why I don’t reach for it. It’s so itchy. I suffered a day at work in it and then consigned it. Itchy tops do not spark joy!
- Every box needs to be ticked to experience the joy! Too often, during previous wardrobe purges, I persuade myself that something sparks joy, even though it’s (here comes the caveat!):
- slightly small
- slightly big
- wrong shade of a good colour
- itchy fabric (see above!)
- not my style any more
Delete as appropriate! How I could persuade myself that a top sparks joy when I’m constantly pulling at it because it’s too small, defies reason.
I’m really looking forward to wearing my summer capsule. Anyone else started? Or am I in the slow lane?! Have a great week 😊